Ancient barbarous antoninianus of Tetricus II (minted ca.270-280 AD), interesting unusual type, hoard coin from France

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C F E TETRICVS C P A, radiate and draped bust right / SPES PVBLICA, Spes walking left, raising skirt and holding flower. 19mm, 1.9 grams, nicer than the scan. Excellent quality for these - neat crude type. Found in a hoard in Northern France.Full size and really nice style! Coins like this one are listed in RIC as antoniniani of tetricus II as AugustusAncient barbarous radiates seem to have been produced between the reigns of Claudius II and ca.274 AD, when Aurelian banned the circulation of these small imitative bronzes throughout the Empire. It is likely thatat least some of the barbarous radiates were produced after 274 AD allthe way into the early 280's. The value of the barbarous imitations was almost certainly not equal to their official counterparts - they probably saw only local limited circulation, and fulfilled the role of token coinage in times of an acute coin shortage.